Gifts for the Gastronome

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Know someone who watches The Food Network 24/7? Thinks a hot Saturday night is trying out a new chili recipe? Travels an hour for “the best” pizza? Foodie, gourmand, bon vivant—whatever you call them, you know what makes them tick. So what to get them for the holidays? Below are some of the best food-related gifts originating in the county.

There are no industrial mixes or synthetic vanillin in the products at Big Girl Baking Co (877-721-3644), an online baked-goods company headquartered in Bronxville. Just three sisters making sweet treats the old-fashioned way: with real ingredients—butter, flour, eggs, milk, and sugar. Gift baskets of assorted baked goods—beautifully wrapped and lined with seasonally matched tea towels—can be shipped anywhere in lower Westchester. Baskets can be customized and filled with biscotti (among seven flavors are triple chocolate and lemon-pine nut), petite brownies, chewy ginger snaps, sables du chocolat (choclate shortbread cookies), sweet and savory nut mix, Black Forest chunk cookies replete with Michigan cherries, and more.
Small basket: $50; medium: $75; large: $100

Pastry Chef Alex Grunert of Blue Hill at Stone Barns (630 Bedford Rd, Pocantico Hills 914-366-9600) has tweaked a family recipe for traditional Christmas stollen (he grew up and was trained in Vienna, Austria). Stollen is similar to fruitcake—but it’s good! Who can resist bread dipped in melted butter and covered with powdered sugar? The stollen can be ordered by calling 914-366-9606, x232, or it can be picked up at Blue Hill Café Wednesday to Sunday from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm (small loaf: $15; large loaf: $28).

Planters who? From a commercial kitchen in Ossining, Barbara Kobren (Briarcliff Manor), Deborah Mehne (Pound Ridge), and Susan Spiegel (Armonk) produce one of the most addictive nut-based snacks you’ll have. Bobbysue’s Nuts ( are made using organic nuts (almonds, cashews, and pecans), egg whites, sugar, and spices. Varieties include “Nuts,” “It’s Raining Chocolate,” and “Some Like it Hot.”

A percentage of the profits from each jar sold goes to fund a new SPCA no-kill animal shelter in Briarcliff Manor, so you’ll feel extra good about giving this gift.

Order online ($9.99 for an 8-oz jar) or find at one of the following county stores:
Bedford Gourmet, Bedford - Black Cat Café, Irvington - Blue Hill Café at Stone Barns, Pocantico Hills - Briarcliff Seafood, Meats & Deli, Briarcliff Manor - Chappaqua Village Market, Chappaqua - Country Kitchen Armonk - Dragonfly Caffe, Pleasantville - Gail Patrick’s Café, Chappaqua - Garelick & Herbs, Greenwich, CT- Holbrook Cottage, Briarcliff - Iron Horse Grill, Pleasantville - Ladle of Love, Mount Kisco - Say Cheese & Thank You, Irvington - Table Local Market, Bedford Hills - The Chocolate Chalet, Briarcliff Manor - Village Prime Meats, Armonk




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